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This is a fine, three pitch tour of the South face of the main Reynold's Complex maybe a hundred yards or so right from the SW facing Climb and Punishment alcove. It gets three stars if you like Vedauwoo style chimneying and sparsely protected face climbing. When approaching the formation, continue up the trail in the wash until the line is obvious.
P1. The first pitch follows the obvious trough as it tunnels up into the rock. Follow this groove placing finger-sized gear in a crack on the left until reaching a shelf before a more continous section of chimneying which turns into a squeeze of narrow proportions. After the rock gives birth to you over a chockstone, climb up a slot on the left then above and right to a large belay ledge.
P2. The second pitch follows the right-facing dihedral with large pro but easy climbing until on top of a 'flange' of rock.
P3. The third pitch face climbs with no protection right and up to a water scoop with small cracks at its top - place your first pro here. Pull over this bulge to a short section of unprotected face climbing in the groove above before joining the wide crack to the right. Follow this to the top.
It is possible to combine the first two pitches with a 60 meter rope, but I would not recommend this due to heinous rope drag. It might (?) be easier to combine the 2nd and 3rd, if so inclined. Walk off to the right (east) - we found 4th class traversing too early (?) to the South. Perhaps the better walkoff is right (east) and then North. This route would likely be a 5.7 anywhere else.
Standard rack of diverse protection to a #4 Camalot (or larger if you've got it and want to drag it through narrow places). It has PG-13 runouts.
BETA PHOTO: Topo of Moor Crossing.
|By Steve Marr|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 18, 2003
I would definitely agree with the comments made about the first pitch of this route listed under Barf Bucket Traverse. "If you happen to be anything larger than a 42" shoulder and taller than, say, 5'9" don't try to finish the pitch by going behind the choke stone." I'm 6'3" and unfortunately didn't read that until after flailing miserably on this route! There is no way around that chock stone. We even scrambled up to the top and rapped off the sling anchor at the top of pitch one to find a way through and it didn't work. The guide mentions that you can use another trough off to the right to bypass this section, but the lack of pro makes this a questionable option if you value your life. I have never lost as much skin on a route as I did on this one.
|By Colin Coulson|
Apr 4, 2004
Hey tall guys... this is where the Karma sets in. If you had fun teasing all your short pals on your last trip they probably will sign you up for the lead on this first pitch... and you deserve it.It isn't impossible for us gangly folk. My partner, Phil, and I managed to squeeze our 6'3" frames through. Both of us wear pant sizes around 34x34-36 just for refrence. Its worth the laughs so don't pass it by. C. C.
|By Brian Scoggins|
From: Eugene, OR
Jul 30, 2004
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
Its not so much tall as width of your shoulders. Its possible (assuming you're flexible) to worm your way through the chockstone section, sit down on the chockstone to recompose, and finish the route. Just stretch before hand.
|By Brian Story|
Nov 14, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
This is a great route. The chimney on the first pitch is fun - maybe more like 7. Squeezing out from behind the chockstone isn't that bad - just turn around. I have never felt the need for a #4 Camalot. The slightly runout face climbing on the "3rd" pitch is pretty easy. I strongly disagree that the leader needs to be a solid 5.9 climber, but this is probably not a good first 5.6 lead. Enjoy.
|By Tyson S Arp|
Feb 15, 2007
Had a great time on this route! The highlight came as I was reaching up to place a nut at the end of the runout on pitch three. The biner full of nuts slipped out of my hand and I instinctively swung one of my feet out to catch them as the fell by! Had I given some thought to my situation I would have left both feet on the rock, let the nuts fall and placed a cam in the same place, but there I was standing on one foot at the end of a 25 foot runout balancing the nuts on my other foot! Fortunately I was able to gingerly reach down, retrieve the nuts and slot one in the crack above me. Meanwhile my wife, waiting to catch a nasty factor 2 fall, was yelling at me, "What the hell did you do that for!" Good times!
|By Jason Funk|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 19, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
I didn't bring a anything larger than 3.5" and felt that it would have been nice to have a #4 Camalot on board, especially on the last pitch when it was necessary to reach way around into the crack to place a #3 (don't get me wrong it's fairly easy climbing just really runout and a bit exposed)-That said you probably only want to bring one if you hope to fit your waist through the narrow birth canal. Really unique route with great views.
|By Avery N|
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 9, 2009
Harper and Kelman do not call this 5.6, unless you take some runout variation that looked to be blocked by a large bush. While no one move on the standard route is harder than 5.7, the typical 5.7 leader might be intimidated by the climb unless they had #6 camalots or were very comfortable climbing chimneys and long runouts.
Recent rappel anchors have been set at each pitch. Slung chockstone on P1, slung horn on P2, and bolts on P3. However, rappelers beware: P1 and P2 have numerous opportunities to snag a rope.
Passing through the birth canal was a wild experience!